Poll: App-based drivers overwhelmingly prefer independent contractor status, value flexibility

By a two-to-one margin, Massachusetts app-based rideshare and delivery drivers would rather be independent contractors than employees, a poll by Beacon Research finds.

Drivers named flexibility as the top reason for working with app-based platforms. Almost nine-in-ten drivers say that flexibility in scheduling (88%) and flexibility in the number of hours worked (87%) are major reasons for why they drive with a rideshare or delivery platform.

Massachusetts app-based drivers overwhelmingly support (83%) legislation that offers more benefits while maintaining independent contractor status — with the highest support coming from women (88%), particularly women under 45 (92%), and Black drivers (93%).

Read all findings from the poll.